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How long is the course?

The enrolment period for our accredited courses is for a twelve-month period. Depending on your availability and previous experience, it is possible to complete this course in a shorter time frame. Extensions are also available at a cost of $48 a month.

How is the course delivered?

The course is 100% online.  We have also introduced monthly Zoom forums.  These forums include involvement with industry experts and an opportunity to ask questions from the Assessors.

Can I complete the course faster? 

Depending on your availability and previous experience, it is possible to complete this course in a shorter time frame.

When does the course start/enrolment dates?

The commencement date occurs after your enrolment has been paid and you complete the enrolment process on the student portal.  This can be on the same day. Any day of the year is a good day to enrol.

How do I enrol?

Go to the COURSES tab and select the relevant course page, scroll to the bottom to select the payment option of your choice. 

Where will this training offer employment opportunities?

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How many hours per week required to study?

As little as 7 hours a week, where you complete some reading and at least 6 questions could see you complete this course in 12 months. Give it more time than that and you can achieve a unit a week and be done in under 6 months.

How much do the courses cost?

Cert III in Investigative Services
Upfront - $1699 (2 payments of $849.50 within 3 days)
Part Payments - $2025 (9 x $225 a month)
Cert IV in Government Investigations
Upfront - $2150 (2 payments of $1075 within 3 days)
Part Payments - $2450 (7 x $350 a month)
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Is a certificate from PICA for the Cert III in Investigative Services recognised in my state for licencing?

  • QLD – YES
  • NSW – YES
  • VIC –  NO 
  • SA –  YES
  • WA – YES
  • TAS – YES, however, licencing requirements may require additional units 
  • NT – Not required but potentially desired

 

What is the RPL process?

To assess your eligibility for RPL please email copies of related qualification transcripts and a brief overview of experience to admin@pica.edu.au for our review.

How easy is it to find work once qualified and licenced?

Many of the large companies hire sub-contractors.   A search for “investigators ” on seek.com continually shows available positions in this area.  Like most things, obtaining employment requires persistence, determination and some get up and go!  There is work out there.

What is the best way to start in the industry and gain experience?

Try and team up with a current investigator. We suggest approaching the bigger investigation companies to do this.  Naturally, when trying to get a foot in the door be prepared to work for minimum rates.

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